Keeping it balanced

This article is part of the USA Women's Eagles Final in '14 blog. All entries are written exclusively by members of the women's national team.

We've still been busy every day, but the coaches acknowledge that breaks are needed on long tours for the team to stay balanced. Thursday we had the morning off because of our inter-squad scrimmage in the afternoon. The scrimmage went well and we were able to increase our heart rates and get in a few hits. Let's just say I'm thankful I play for team USA because getting hit by these girls is brutal. After the scrimmage the majority of the team traveled to Mont St. Michel. Shaina and I had a jam session while admiring the sun beaming rays of light through the clouds. Mont St. Michel was even more spectacular than I imagined. We climbed up nearly to the top and could see the surrounding water that covered all sides of this island village. It was incredible to stand where someone else did about 1,300 years ago. I am thankful that we are given the opportunity to explore historic places on this trip.

Friday we had the entire day off after an ocean recovery session in the morning. Granville is quite the quaint town that we had the opportunity to explore more thoroughly. There are cute little shops and cafés all around. It's a type of town that I would love to live in some day. In the evening we played a team game and finished with a cinnamon roll hug. Unfortunately, there were not any cinnamon rolls involved, but if you never did a cinnamon roll hug I recommend one.

Today we got back to hard work with two practices. In the morning we focused on specific skills for each individual. This allowed us to really refine some essential positional skills. Our afternoon practice was a shoulder hit scrimmage against the Granville men's club team. It was a great opportunity to continue working out kinks and building continuity. We are beyond blessed to be staying here with such great hospitality.

We've been in France for a week now and it definitely feels a lot longer. Having rugby consume your entire day is exhausting physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is important that each player finds something that allows them to have an escape. I personally find it through my faith. Matt Redman sings these words in one of my favorite songs, "The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning. It's time to sing Your song again. Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me. Let me be singing when the evening comes." Each morning as I awake and step outside seeing the sun peek out over the water these words come to mind. These are strong words that have the power to speak whether one has the same faith or not. My goal is that despite whatever mountain is presented each day, I come out singing on the other side.